We Are All Worms, But I Believe I Am
When I first read the quote, it puzzled me. We are all familiar with the old hymn that speaks of God saving "such a worm as I," but this quote seemed to put a unique spin on Churchill's understanding of his own depravity. As I contemplated the quote, I assumed Churchill was acknowledging ALL people are depraved, but he--unlike most--believed himself to be depraved. But something didn't feel right. The quote didn't fit with what I knew of Churchill. Nor is it a quote I think appropriate for a man of honor, integrity and confidence. Then, as I came back through the museum on my way out, I discovered there were two additional words that were hidden from view. These two words were typed on a bend in the board that turned away from the entrant's direct eyesight. The two words I missed walking in were:____
Wow. What a turn to the phrase via these two words. They change the entire meaning of the sentence. Churchill is saying, "I'm special." That made sense to me and seemed consistent with what I knew of Churchill's character. Application: Every child of God is a glowworm. We evangelicals are often reminded of our depravity and our sinfulness by preachers. We are reminded that we are worms. However, any depraved man or woman for whom Christ died is a glowworm. You cannot be a recipient of God's grace and remain a common worm. You can't participate in union with Christ and remain a simple ground crawler. You and I are glowworms. Many Christians make the same mistake I made when walking through the entrance of Churchill's museum -- I didn't go far enough. It's true we are worms, but it is quite a different matter to believe oneself a glowworm. Confidence, self-assurance, purpose, significance, and fulfillment in life come from the glow. God's grace puts the glow in this worm, and I'm hoping He does for you too.